Senior Employment Counsel

Neiman Marcus
Irving, Texas, United States
Closing date
24 Apr 2023

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Neiman Marcus Group is a relationship business that leads with love in everything we do-for our customers, associates, brand partners, and communities. Our legacy of innovating and our culture of Belonging guide our roadmap for Revolutionizing Luxury Experiences.

About this Role

As Senior Employment Counsel, you will enable business leaders to achieve business results through strategic counsel, problem solving, and risk mitigation. You will need to be a strong business partner and have an in-depth understanding of the business. You'll need to understand NMG's big picture strategy when working with cross-functional teams and external partners to drive business solutions and in accordance with the law. Your passion for learning our business and building relationships with senior leaders and key business partners will be essential to tackling the ever-changing legal challenges we face in a dynamic and fast-paced retail landscape.

As a member of the leadership team of the Legal Department at NMG reporting to the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - General Litigation & Employment, you will be responsible for providing strategic legal advice and technical expertise to People Services, management, and other cross-functional stakeholders on a broad range of complex employment matters and employment law trends.

  • Proactively identify and assess potential legal and/or reputational risk in support of business partners and recommend practical, creative solutions that balance legal risk with business impact.
  • Provide subject matter advice and guidance on a variety of employment law matters, such as the development and implementation of employee policies and trainings (including sexual harassment training), organizational restructures, leaves of absence and accommodations, and other HR practices.
  • Monitor legislation, regulations, case law and government enforcement activities relating to the above substantive legal areas, and provide proactive, strategic advice to relevant business partners.
  • Support and collaborate with cross-functional business partners on complex legal matters and special projects to drive and sustain employment law compliance and further the long-term interests of NMG.
  • Support collective bargaining and labor contract drafting, administration, and interpretation.
  • Advise on employee benefits matters, including incentive plans, welfare plans, retirement plans, benefits documentation, and claims.

  • Ability to effectively influence business leaders and resolve differences of opinion amongst stakeholders, while navigating relationships and decision rights
  • Ability to effectively negotiate with other professionals - strong personal skills
  • Ability to take ownership of projects and solutions, and drive to successful and timely completion
  • Open-minded; comfortable with ambiguity; ability to extrapolate potential solutions from prior experiences
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple competing tasks
  • Adept at and comfortable making complex risk reward assessments
  • Able to create, explain and execute pragmatic/creative legal and business solutions
  • Self-motivated team player with the ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Experience and judgment necessary to operate with significant autonomy in advising leaders at all levels from first-line managers to senior executives
  • Experience advising retail businesses
  • Demonstrated commitment to integrity, respect, and ethical conduct

  • Juris Doctor or LLM from an accredited law school
  • A minimum of 7 years of employment law and related litigation experience, preferably including an in-house corporate legal environment or large corporate environment
  • Licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. state or other applicable jurisdiction
  • In house retail experience preferred

Inclusive Benefits
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits, including wellness and healthy lifestyle support, for associates, spouses, domestic partners, and children
  • Flexible Spending Account for eligible medical and dependent (day care) expenses
  • Disability Benefits, including Short-Term Disability providing income replacement up to 26 weeks
  • 16 weeks Paid Parental Leave, 2 weeks of Paid Family Leave, and Adoption Support of $10,000
  • Paid Time Off, including 6 paid holidays, unlimited vacation, 3 volunteer days, and 7 sick days per full year of service
  • Retirement Savings Plan (401K) with NMG matching and $20,000 Term Life Insurance paid by NMG with additional voluntary coverage available
  • Financial Solutions, including Credit Union membership, pay advances via PayActiv, tuition reimbursement, and scholarship opportunities
  • NMG Associate's Core Discount of 30% with multiple in-store opportunities for an additional 30% off across select brands
  • NMG Matching Gift Program up to $2,000 to eligible non-profits, Hardship Assistance Grants up to $7,500 for Associates, and a volunteer opportunity hub through NMG's All Heart Program
  • Personal and Professional Development Opportunities with 16,000+ online learning opportunities, including NMG's Fashion Your Future, LinkedIn Learning, MasterClass, BetterUp, Connected Leaders Academy, 9 Associate Community Networks, and additional personalized learning experiences
  • NMG Discount Marketplace featuring 1,000s of products and services with over $5,000 in saving

About Us

As one of the largest multi-brand luxury retailers in the U.S., with 3,000+ of the world's most desirable brand partners, we're delivering exceptional products and intelligent services enabled by our investments in data and technology. Through the expertise of our associates, we deliver and scale a personalized luxury experience across our three channels of in-store, eCommerce, and remote selling. Our NMG|Way culture, powered by our people, combines individual talents into a collective strength to make life extraordinary. Our brands include Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

As a woman co-founded, majority women-led organization outpacing the U.S. population in racial and ethnic diversity and led by one of corporate America's few openly gay CEOs, Neiman Marcus Group is proud to celebrate associates from different backgrounds, experiences, and communities. We've made it a priority to cultivate a culture where everyone Belongs and where showing up as your full and authentic self is encouraged.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations during our Talent Attraction process. If you have a disability and need assistance or an accommodation, please reach out to us at .

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